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Practice Specialties

  • Abandonment Difficulties
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Christian Divorce Counseling
  • Couples Christian Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression Stress and Anxiety Therapy
  • Divorce and Remarriage Counseling
  • Divorce Prevention
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Domestic Violence Christian Counseling
  • EMDR
  • Grief and Bereavement Christian Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Pornography and Sexual Addictions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sex and Intimacy Christian Counseling
  • Stress Anxiety Depression Christian Counseling
  • Teen Christian Counseling
  • Teen Counseling

About

There is often local folklore around elbow trees. Sometimes, they point towards water or some other significant landmark. On the back of Lookout Mountain, TN there is an elbow tree at a particular trail junction directing hikers and campers towards an important water source. The message of this tree is simply, “Turn here.” This is also the idea behind Elbow Tree Christian Counseling. Stop by and let us help you get oriented in your particular situation.

The way we see it around here, counseling from a Christian worldview is a process in which the counselor and the client walk together towards a full, free and meaningful life.

Primary goals for therapy are 1) to “reframe” uncomfortable, distressing or perplexing situations into opportunities for healing, growth, change, and restoration 2) give real, practical, doable steps to take and 3) orient people towards a much larger story that is unfolding alongside their own.

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Why I Became a Professional Christian Therapist

We love working with every angle of the family. If you looked at our schedule on any given day, you'd probably see a few married couples, some exhausted and burnt-out parents, a college student, a 4th-12th grader, someone having an affair, someone who has been crushed by a loss or a person who is wrestling through their attraction to the same gender. We find that a person's willingness to come in and simply talk about things creates at least 50% of the change they are looking for.

Therapists on Staff

Aubrey Cannata
Taylor Johnston
Kathy Payne
Hayne Steen (Owner)
Dorothy Thomas
Aubrey Cannata

Aubrey Cannata

MA, MHCRI
It's difficult to ask for help. It takes courage. I'm glad you're here, now, and I encourage you to keep going and start on the path to healthy balance and joy. Therapy is a place to process your thoughts and feelings, to examine struggles, and to be regarded with respect and empathy as you find your way back to a healthy you. Therapy is also a place to come away from with tangible and applicable solutions. In therapy, sometimes we peel back the layers to process grief or a difficult past in order to heal, uncover strengths to increase self-esteem, or discover unhelpful thinking styles that lead to unwanted emotions. You will learn new skills for your current challenge, and have a chance to consider different perspectives. Of course, therapy can just simply be a place to sit with a non-judgmental person to help process thoughts or feelings you wrestle with.
Taylor Johnston

Taylor Johnston

LCSW
Taylor is a trained EMDR therapist working with adults, adolescences , and children. He is a licensed clinical social worker with the state of Florida, and an approved EMDRIA eye-movement-desensitization-reprocessing therapist. He received a masters degree of social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Taylor has been working with families since 2010. Before Elbow tree he worked with children in their schools. He also worked with many adults struggling with anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse in a wilderness therapy setting. Taylor has become an expert in the field of trauma, as he utilizes EMDR therapy. At Elbow Tree, he will be working primarily with teens, adults, couples, and families. He has worked with families through a variety of issues for the past nine years. His passion is working with people who have experienced trauma and watching them grow.
Kathy Payne

Kathy Payne

LMHC, Qualified Supervisor
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Hayne Steen (Owner)

Hayne Steen (Owner)

MAMFT, LMHC,
For 20 years, I've loved working with every angle of the family. Over the last twelve years, if you looked at my schedule on any given day, you'd probably see a few married couples, some exhausted and burnt-out parents, a college student, a 4th-12th grader, someone having an affair, someone who has been crushed by a loss or a person who is wrestling through their attraction to the same gender. I often find that a person's willingness to come in and simply talk about things creates at least 50% of the change they are looking for. I decided years ago to work with a very broad range of situations because I love the variety. Whatever it is that brings you in, my two goals are to help you clearly understand why it is happening and what to do about it. I started my own practice, Elbow Tree Christian Counseling, because I wanted to paint the walls my own color, bring my dog to the office and wear flip flops!
Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Thomas

MS, LMFT
Training and experience are important factors to consider in choosing a therapist. Bringing more than 30 years of group, family, and individual counseling to the table, my education in Biblical studies as well as in psychological theories motivate me to continue developing in this work. A Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies and a Master of Science in Christian Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University prepared me well for post-graduate training at the PENN Council for Relationships, then a division of the Department of Psychiatry & Family Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. While I have been licensed to practice in Pennsylvania for years, I am now board certified and licensed here in Florida as well. Life has led me through many interesting and strange experiences. Christ has led me from camping in the woods at rock festivals, to raising a family, to serious study of His Word. How many Licensed Christian counselors do you know who were there at Woodstock in ’69

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